Anniversaries and commemorations come and go daily. Most of us, even the best historians, miss most occasions. If we think of history as events then we are faced with a continually showering in the grains of sand. Nevertheless, we do pick out certain patterns in the remembrance of historical dates. The blog here reminds us of some dates where the local, state, national, and global perspectives entwine.
On 22, Tuesday December 1868, Jaan Tõnisson born, 2nd Prime Minister of Estonia (d. 1941?)
On 22, Wednesday December 1943, Paul Wolfowitz born, American political scientist
On 22, Wednesday December 1943, Beatrix Potter died, British children’s author and illustrator (b. 1866)
On 22, Sunday December 1968, David Eisenhower, grandson of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, marries Julie Nixon, the daughter of U.S. President-elect Richard Nixon.
On 22, Sunday December 1968, Mao Zedong advocates that educated urban youth in China be sent for re-education in the countryside. It marks the start of the “Up to the mountains and down to the villages” movement.
On 22, Sunday December 1968, Dina Meyer born, American actress
On 22, Friday December 1978, The pivotal Third Plenum of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is held in Beijing, with Deng Xiaoping reversing Mao-era policies to pursue a program for Chinese economic reform.
On 22, Friday December 1978, Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who was subsequently convicted of the murder of 33 young men and boys committed between 1972 and 1978, is arrested.
On 22, Friday December 1978, Argentina begins Operation Soberanía against Chile.
On 22, Friday December 1978, Edo Maajka born, Bosnian rapper
On 22, Friday December 1978, Joanne Kelly born, Canadian actress
On 22, Thursday December 1988, Brazilian union and environmental activist Chico Mendes is assassinated.
On 22, Thursday December 1988, Francisco Alves Mendes Filho died, Brazilian environmental activist (murdered) (b. 1944)
On 22, Wednesday December 1993, David Klemmer born, rugby league player
On 22, Wednesday December 1993, The interim South African constitution is approved by Parliament 237–45.
On 22, Wednesday December 1993, Ali Lohan born, American actress, model and singer
On 22, Wednesday December 1993, Meghan Trainor born, American singer-songwriter, musician and producer
On 22, Wednesday December 1993, Don DeFore died, American actor (b. 1917)
On 22, Wednesday December 1993, Alexander Mackendrick died, British-American film director (b. 1912)
On 22, Monday December 2008, Lansana Conté, 2nd President of Guinea (b. 1934), died.
On 22, Sunday December 2013, Keith McGowan, 70, radio presenter died.